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New Police Officers Coming to Parsippany

Parsippany-Troy Hills Administration and Police Department are looking to hire new police officers since several are set to retire by the end of the year.

Parsippany Police Badge.
Parsippany Police Badge.

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council unanimously voted to hire additional police officers to the department during a public meeting on Tuesday, July 16.

“We are down to 91 police officers and in the budget we had planned for the hiring of five replacement officers at the probationary level,” said Township Business Administrator Jasmine Lim.

The administration has already hired three probationary officers, one of which has eight years of experience with another police department.

A probationary officer has to attend the police academy for six months and then train for an additional six months, according to Councilman Michael DePierro.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Chief of Police Paul Philipps and the administration requested to hire the officer with eight years experience for an annual salary of around $51,000.

According to Lim, the Morris County Sheriff's Office will be letting go of several sheriff's officers, which will give the township the opportunity to hire seasoned officers.

“This allows us to get police officers on the street immediately,” said Lim. “We believe 91 uniformed police officers are too low and we are expecting more retirements by the end of the year.”

By ordinance, the Police Department is authorized to have a 113-man police force, which is also the number recommended by the state, said DePierro.

“Unless we start hiring back some of these we are going to be in drastic conditions,” he said.

Two retired high-salaried police officers were mistakenly carried over from the 2012 to the 2013 budget, leaving room for an additional hire.

This mistake will allow the administration to hire a second school resource officer, as per an agreement with the Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education.

“If we assigned a second (School Resource Officer), that would take a police officer off the streets,” said Lim. “So we would like to use that slot for a sixth new hire.”

Although the administration did not technically need to put the new hires to a vote, since the money was in the budget, they wanted to ask for the council's approval, said Lim.

Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr., Council Vice President Vincent Ferrara, Councilman Jonathan Nelson and Councilman DePierro all consented to the new hires. Council President Brian Stanton removed himself from the room prior to the discussion because of a conflict of interest.

Brian Stanton July 24, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Nope, staying put for now. Would of loved to work for the Parsippany Police Department but the situation just wouldn't of worked out. Guess I will have to continue to be a little mouse at the County for now lol.
Parsippany Resident July 24, 2013 at 09:54 PM
And start treating your W*fe better. And learn how to write. Idiot !!! Would of. LMAO !!
Parsippany Taxpayer July 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Guess any thoughts of tax relief is out of the question -- still this is double the police to resident ratio of some places. Guess I know why my taxes are so high. The other disappointing factor is that most of the police either have desk jobs or are out giving speeding tickets. Forget about dealing with real crime -- prostitution at local rundown hotels, burglaries and other issues that really impact the safety of the community. Oh well -- just another day in in a great place to live "love that slogan" too bad it doesn't apply here.
Parsippany Taxpayer August 26, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Peter -- yep another out of towner from West Chester, PA like the union folks pitching for the Waterview project at the expense of the local taxpayers. Sorry Peter but you look about as trustworthy as the stooges that we have on the town council. Everyone wants to be in our pocket because after all doesn't Parsippany have a history of unethical behavior -- time to vote the current bunch of bad apples out and start fresh. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/peter-hodson-iii/3/683/240

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